What Types of Conditions Can Musculoskeletal Medicine Treat?

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Minor aches and pains are a normal part of life, and many of them are no cause for concern. But if you’re experiencing regular or constant pain that keeps you from doing the things you enjoy, you may have a musculoskeletal condition. The good news is that many of these conditions can be treated to reduce pain and increase your range of motion. Dr. Asare Christian, a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, and the team at Aether Medicine can help residents of the Wayne, PA area dealing with pain and injury to their bones, joints, and muscles. Find out what types of treatment options can relieve your musculoskeletal pain.

What are signs of musculoskeletal conditions?

Musculoskeletal conditions are those affecting the body’s joints, muscles, and bones, and they are among the most common health problems in the United States and around the world. It’s estimated that about half of American adults have a musculoskeletal condition, and nearly 2 billion people worldwide are dealing with such injuries or disorders.

Signs of a musculoskeletal condition or disorder include:

  • Pain

  • Weakness

  • Joint noises

  • Stiffness

  • Inflammation

  • Decreased range of motion

Residents of the Wayne, PA area should consult with Dr. Christian and the team at Aether Medicine if they are concerned their aches and pains may be signs of an underlying health condition.

What types of conditions can musculoskeletal medicine treat?

Musculoskeletal medicine can treat many types of injuries or conditions affecting the joints, muscles, and bones of the body, including the neck, shoulders, elbows, hips, wrists, knees, and lower back. That includes conditions with a variety of underlying causes, such as:

  • Acquired musculoskeletal injuries: Wounds, fractures, sprains, soft tissue damage, concussions, sports injuries

  • Musculoskeletal disease or degeneration: Arthritis, tendinitis, osteoporosis

  • Stress: Injury from overuse, repetitive movements, occupational exposure, carpal tunnel syndrome

What treatments are most helpful for musculoskeletal conditions?

The right treatment for your musculoskeletal condition depends on many factors, including your medical history and the cause of the issues. A wide range of treatments can help those with musculoskeletal disorders or injuries, including:

  • Medication

  • Physical therapy

  • Lifestyle change

  • Supplements

  • Mindfulness and relaxation techniques

How can you prevent musculoskeletal conditions?

The best treatment is prevention, and there are many behavior modifications and best practices that can help keep your musculoskeletal system in good working order. The methods we recommend for preventing disorders of the bones, joints, and muscles include:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight

  • Getting regular exercise without causing excess strain

  • Using arms and leg muscles for lifting rather than your back

  • Warming up before lifting anything heavy, including when exercising or doing things like lifting a heavy box at home or in the office

  • Asking for help if the load is too heavy for you

Schedule a consultation in Wayne, PA today

Though they are quite common, musculoskeletal conditions do not need to ruin your life. Treatment and therapies can help relieve a range of musculoskeletal injuries, conditions, and disorders, and the team at Aether Medicine can help you determine what options are best for you. Residents of the Wayne, PA area should give us a call today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Asare Christian. Whether you’re dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome as a result of your repetitive office job or you’ve injured your lower back by lifting heavy boxes, Dr. Christian and the Aether Medicine team can help improve your quality of life.

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